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General Discussion / Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:43:26 am »
Hi there,

I am moving to America in January and hoping to do a cycle tour from either San Francisco to New York or San Francisco to Austin around next August. I have never been to America and know next to nothing about bikes but that is my dream! I'm also hoping to do some filming along the way.

I have a light-weight, one person tent (I work in a camping store part-time), a water-proof jacket and a pocket full of dreams at this point. I am planning to buy a steel-frame touring bike (maybe from Surly or Soma) once I get to the states, and as I'll be living in San Francisco, I'll have lots of nice hills to train on.

I have a few questions/ concerns:

1. Does anything about this stand out immediately as being unachievable/ dangerous/ stupid? I've never been to America so I'm not sure what the terrain is like.

2. Where do you camp? My biggest concerns are affordability (unfortunately) and security, so campsites would be ideal. Are there usually towns within a day's ride of each other? In Australia something like this would be nearly impossible because you would simply run out of water, but America seems more populated so I could perhaps alter my route to go through as many small towns as possible to get supplies and find places to camp?

3. What sort of things should I do to train in preparation? I'm young and reasonably healthy, and intending to ride 50-100 km a day, so I'll be going very slowly so I can see things and meet people :)

Any other advice you have, feel free to throw my way. Thanks for you help :)

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